In the month of February 2014, the organization had several activities planned for. Under Service Delivery Area 1.2, for care and support for the chronically ill, the organization had a plan to reach 1775 PLHIVs through home visits with HCBC services by the organisation’s 88 Community Health Workers. The services were planned with the aim of achieving 1,775 home visits for both the old and new clients. 9 PLHIV outreaches were also planned targeting 270 clients.
Under the organisation’s progress in this SDA, both old and new CHWs continued with provision of HCBC services through home visits targeting the PLHIVs as planned. They were able to conduct a total of 1,863 home visits for 1,754 PLHIVs in total. 77 old clients did not receive the services in the month of Feb 2014. Among those receiving the services were 41 new clients (26 females and 15 males) while the old clients were 1,713 (1,286 female and 427 male).
Besides the CHWs activities, the organisation was able to carry out 9 PLHIV training outreaches for 274 clients against the planed target of 270. Participants in these events were taken through sessions guided by the Minimum Package Guideline for PLHIV training outreach activities developed by the Kenya Red Cross Society, The Principal Recipient supporting the organisation’s activities. The content based on the minimum package guidelines for outreaches included Facts about HIV and AIDS, Prevention With Positives , Sexually Transmitted Infections, Diarrhoea and malaria prevention. Others topics were TB and HIV, Positive living and Referral and linkages.
Other activities planned for were under SDA 2.1 for Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT). Three training outreach events for the women were conducted as planned for reaching 67 pregnant women against planned target of 60. The content disseminated was developed from the PMTCT minimum package for training outreach events and the HCBC training manual. Areas covered included introduction to PMTCT, benefits of family planning, Condom use, Antenatal care and PMTCT as well as importance of HIV testing. Also covered were referrals and linkages.
Under the same SDA, 30 men were also reached through two male involvements in PMTCT training outreach events that were planned for in the month of February 2014. These are separate events conducted with aim of reaching out to the pregnant women’s spouses. The men benefited with information on Facts about HIV and AIDS. Other topics covered were the role of men in Reproductive Health, Sexually Transmited Infections in relation to HIV and AIDS. The role of men in Antenatal care as well as family planning are the essential topics that could not go uncovered. Participants in these events also benefited on information of proper and effective condom use through full sessions on steps of proper condom use for both the male and female condoms
Through the community Health workers’ tracking of pregnant women, the organisation had a target of 60 referrals for skilled deliveries. CHWs continued with tracking and making referrals for pregnant women for skilled delivery in health facilities. Through this, CHWs managed to track 647 pregnant women and referred 92 of them for skilled deliveries. 195 clients among the 647 were newly enrolled for tracking during this reporting period.
Under SDA 3.1 for Leadership and Governance, the organisation through the M&E team comprising of the WADADIA staffs, and CHEWs, was able to conduct all the 9 monitoring visits in the three districts of program implementation that had been planned for.33 PLHIVs clients and 12 expectant mothers were reached.
3 The Community Health Workers’ monthly progress review meetings were conducted under the same SDA. One meeting was held in each district making it a total of three forums as had been planned
Besides the program planned activities, the organisation conducted 2 ANC/PMTCT sensitization meetings as recommended by the PR- Kenya Red Cross Society for the purposes of increasing effectiveness in ANC/PMTCT coverage by the Community Health Workers. The first group had 44 CHWs as well as the second group. The events were held on 18th and 19th for group 1 and 20th and 21st for group 2 respectively.